We understand that modernizing the merit protection system is an uneasy time for employees. OPEA formed the job protections and due process associated with classified state service. We wouldn’t make efforts to change the system unless it was necessary. That is why we took great care when making the necessary steps to modernize the system. While OPEA staff has well over 100 years of service to the state of Oklahoma we recognize our weaknesses. So, we hired the best labor attorney in Oklahoma to help represent state employees throughout the development of the new rules. December 9th at noon join us on Facebook live to ask our lawyer Chelsea Smith questions about the new rules and how they will impact your due process rights.
Chelsea Celsor Smith has experience in civil litigation in both state and federal court. Her areas of emphasis include governmental ethics, constitutional law, administrative law, and employment law. She serves as acting General Counsel to the Oklahoma House of Representatives and was previously in-house General Counsel to the Oklahoma House of Representatives. She also serves Oklahoma Public Employees Association as acting General Counsel. She provides advice, training and frequently is a speaker regarding compliance with employment and ethics laws.
She is admitted to practice in Oklahoma, the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, and the United States Supreme Court.
Chelsea has been recognized as a Best Lawyers: One to Watch in Labor and Employment Law-Employee; Labor and Employment Law; Litigation-Labor; and Employment Law. Further, she also owns and manages an oilfield disposal business with her family in Western Oklahoma.
She also serves on the board for the Care Center, co-chairs Pink Tie Ball, a benefit for Susan G. Komen, and is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, Oklahoma County Bar Association, and the Federalist Society.